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The political season has probably left a lot of people drained and depressed. On this earth there are many things to discourage us and dampen our spirits. But, the Christian can rise above it! John said "Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world" (I John 4:4). We serve a living and powerful God! And nothing will ever separate us from His love (Romans 8:37-39). As we think about the New Year, our spirit...

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Beyond preparing and presenting sermons and lessons, the average pastor spends most of his time leading and mobilizing his people. This is an important activity in building the church. Paul emphasizes building people I Corinthians 3:6-17 where he says that people are the "building" of God (vs 9) and the "temple" of God (vs 16 & 17). Paul refers to himself as a "master builder", but includes others as "builders" in the process of building Christ's Church (vs 10 &...

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Before the start of virtually every season of every sport, there are television, internet, radio, and print interviews with athletes in which they state their goals for the season. They are usually very clear about what they want to accomplish in their sport for the year. They have thought about the season and set goals. They are intentional about the numbers they want to see on the score board. The Apostle Paul was very "intentional" about the activities of his...

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As we move through the fall and winter months each year in the USA, we are very aware of a variety of athletic teams vying for championships and superior accomplishmens. Winning teams are teams that understand, complement each other's strengths and weaknesses, and work well together to accomplish significant athletic feats. . . .

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DNA is said to be "a life acid that contains the genetic instructions for growth and development of living organisms" (Wikipedia). When applied to a church, the DNA of a church is how it is programmed to think and act in a variety of situations. Thus, a church group would have "DNA" that determines how it thinks about or does/does not do outreach and evangelism. . . .

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Christmas is a very logical and natural time for churches to engage in outreach and evangelism. It is a time when people are open to interactions with "religious themes" and a "spirit of giving" regardless of their particular belief system. Consequently, the church and its people can mobilize time, effort, and even moderate finances to reach people for Christ, or at least build relational bridges for later witness. This issue of the ChristWay Ministries Newsletter will brainstorm a few of...

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It is an axiom of healthy church growth that a church must have visitors if it is to grow in size. For most churches there will never be enough babies born to church members that will be born again, discipled, and preserved into adulthood to keep a church growing. Deaths and move-aways will gradually decimate the congregation. Consequently, a regular stream of new visitors (unsaved as well as born again) is needed. Therefore, the question: "Are we praying, planning, and...

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One of the significant axioms of growing a church is that a church must have visitors on a regular basis, and that these visitors must return and become regular attenders. While increasing the number of new visitors each week is a challenge in itself, getting visitors to return, place their faith in Christ, grow spiritually, and become members is often an even greater challenge. . . .

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As it was stated in parts one and two of "Conserving Church Visitors," if a church is to grow consistently, it must have visitors. And those visitors must return. If this is to happen, the names and addresses of church visitors must be secured and utilized in follow-up in order to begin building relationships and friendships with the new people. In this issue of the ChristWay Ministries newsletter, we would like to suggest one more way to secure names, addresses,...

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The second most discouraging thing about evangelism is looking at the empty seats in church where recently "saved" people are missing. (The most discouraging thing about evangelism is the absence of evangelism itself in a church!) When folks pray and minister hard to see a person accept Christ, it is discouraging to realize they are not following through and growing in the Lord. I would like to offer a partial explanation for "falling fruit" in evangelism and some brief suggestions...

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